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Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Updated September 11, 2020 515.3k votes 18.7k voters 161.8k views361 items

List RulesOnly musicians who haven't been inducted into the Rock Hall

Update: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has listened to your feedback and inducted a number of artists on this list since its initial publication. Voting has been locked on such artists, with their induction year noted.

Each new crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees brings with it with it a good share of controversy. Who is most deserving of being in the Rock Hall of Fame? Vote for the bands and musicians that you think most belong in the Rock and Roll HOF, or make your own ranked list of the rockers who have been left out of the Rock Hall

This list collects artists that Ranker voters and listers think belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but who are not currently inducted. Remember, bands and musicians are only eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their debut album, so popular acts from the late '80s, '90s or '00s would not yet be eligible. Don't suggest them!

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    Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Patricia Mae Giraldo (née Andrzejewski; born January 10, 1953), who goes by the stage name Pat... morespotify buy button

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    Styx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its... more
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    Boston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, which had its most notable... more
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    Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Foreigner is an English–American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by... more
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    Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist... more

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    Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Bad Company are an English hard rock supergroup formed in Westminster, London, in 1973 by... more

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    The Cars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    The Cars

    Inducted in 2018.

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    REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    REO Speedwagon (originally styled as R.E.O. Speedwagon) is an American rock band from... more
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    Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
    Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and... more

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    Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Jethro Tull are a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1967. Initially... more

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    Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    John Robert Cocker (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014), better known as Joe Cocker, was an... more

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    Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is... morespotify buy button
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    Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
    Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular... more
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    The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    The Guess Who are a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Initially gaining recognition... more

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    Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
    Bachman–Turner Overdrive, often abbreviated as BTO, is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg,... more
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    Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American rock singer, guitarist, and... more

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    Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Dire Straits

    Inducted in 2018.

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    The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971, with... more
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    Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
    Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record... more

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    Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Def Leppard

    Inducted in 2019

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    Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. They have sold... more

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    Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
    Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC or BOC) is an American rock band formed on Long... more
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    Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Motörhead () were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter... more
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    Eddie Money is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Edward Joseph Mahoney (born March 21, 1949), known professionally as Eddie Money, is an... more
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    Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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    Peter Kenneth Frampton (born 22 April 1950) is an English rock musician, singer, songwriter,... more

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